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Monday, September 01, 2014

Final Four Participants

The final four celebrities were announced late last week (I really need to stop taking weekends away!).

First up is TV presenter Caroline Flack. Caroline is no stranger to 'reality' TV, having worked on the sister shows of some of TV's biggest programmes, most notably I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here Now! and The Xtra Factor. I fondly remember her on The Games: Live At Trackside with Justin Lee Collins.

It is not the first time Caroline has donned the sequins and hit the floor. Caroline won BBC Three's Dancing On Wheels competition with wheelchair dancer (and now Paralympic swimmer) James O'Shea in 2010. Judging by this clip, she could do pretty well again.

Caroline said: “Ever since I was a presenter on CBBC and used to see the Strictly judges walking around Television Centre I have wanted to be on the show. I am so excited to get started and I just want to get through the first dance with no mistakes….plus I really want to master my ‘dance face’!”

Actress Jennifer Gibney is next on the list. Jennifer plays Cathy Brown in Irish comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys, and is married to Brendan O'Carroll who plays the titular role.

Jennifer said: “As a child I wrote to Blue Peter asking could I dance with Pan's People. Now at last I get a chance to earn my badge - excited doesn't cover it!!"

Blue Peter isn't known for fixing it for children to fulfil their dreams. I have suspicions about this statement, but I cannot raise them for legal reasons...

MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace has been linked with Strictly on-and-off since 2010, and was always keen to do it, but was too busy. It seems he has now cleared his diary and is ready to rumba.

He said: “I absolutely love the show and I love dancing! I cannot wait to get engrossed and live in a Strictly bubble!”

The final celebrity to sign-up is Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott. Tim is the second BH presenter to take part. Those who have watched the show since the start will have fond memories of David Dickenson's jazz hands.

Tim is having a go in the hope of impressing Mrs. W: "My wife and I are big fans of the show and this year we’ll be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. She loves dancing but it’s never really been my specialty. I would love to pick up even just a few moves so that come our anniversary, I can take her out and show her a good time!”

So there you have it. Fifteen participants. One glitterball.

To find out how the celebrities are feeling ahead of the first show, tune in to see Zoe Ball interviewing them on the Strictly Red Carpet programme, available via the red button from 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, and two find out which pro will be partnering each participant, don't miss the Strictly Come Dancing Launch Show on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.

Keeeeeeep dancing!


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